June 5, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The City of Calgary celebrates the grand opening of the Water Centre yesterday, June 4th, Clean Air Day, with a newly bestowed Emerald Award for a Government Institution. Designed by Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. in collaboration with Sturgess Architecture, the Water Centre is the first City-owned operational/administrative building constructed since Calgary adopted a Sustainable Buildings policy in 2003, requiring all new facilities to meet a minimum LEED silver certification. The Water Centre is positioned to exceed that standard.
“We’re excited to have worked with of an outstanding team of clients the City of Calgary has been visionary in their enthusiasm for integrated, sustainable design and extraordinary architecture. Today we all celebrate this delightful workplace in the recognition that sustainable buildings contribute significantly to reducing our environmental footprint and beautiful buildings inspire us to excellence in the creation of our urban lives,” says Vivian Manasc, Principal of Manasc Isaac.
The Alberta Emerald Foundation recognizes environmental leadership in Alberta and sets an example of environmental excellence for all to follow.
The Water Centre features the latest water conservation practices and is Calgary’s first fully daylit office building. This iconic building exemplifies how a client-centred, sustainable design process can exceed environmental goals, maximize energy efficiency and create a great work environment. Although capital costs were about the same as a conventional building, overall energy costs will save taxpayers more than 50% per year relative to the Canadian Model National Energy Code for buildings.